On September 30, the budget reconciliation process ends. This means the GOP will no longer have the ability to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace plan on only 51 votes (requiring zero Democratic support in Congress). Beginning in October, the Senate will once again require 60 votes to pass similar legislation.
Like Skynet losing the future war, the GOP is preparing to turn the tide by sending one last terminator back in time… in the form of the Graham-Cassidy health care plan.
Last Thursday’s tenth GOP presidential debate felt like a WWE SummerSlam event. By the halfway point, I wouldn’t have been surprised if Donald Trump had walked off stage and tagged Chris Christie to come out and slam a folding chair against Marco Rubio.
Since July, the GOP has been parroting the lie that Planned Parenthood has sold the body parts of aborted babies for profit. Based on debunked undercover videos from anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress, the Republican-controlled House even went as far to open an investigation against the healthcare provider (predictably finding no misuse of federal funding).
Now the rhetoric from the right is proving to have truly disastrous consequences.
Following the August 6th Republican debate, Donald Trump attacked moderator Megyn Kelly in the media, sounding more like the drunk guy struggling to steady himself at last call rather than a presidential candidate.
“There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon.
Donald Trump’s questioning of Sen. John McCain’s status as a war hero was the foremost comment to reach the national media from last weekend’s Family Leadership Summit, which is unfortunate. A listen of the other attending GOP presidential candidates’ speeches quickly revealed policies and world views so outdated they should be displayed next to the dilophosaurus pen in Jurassic Park.